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$42 million makeover planned for downtown section of Las Vegas Boulevard

Posted: 6:15 PM, Feb 06, 2018
Updated: 2018-02-07 14:36:39Z

A busy downtown section of Las Vegas's most iconic road is in line for a makeover.

The city of Las Vegas is partnering with the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada on a $42 million project on Las Vegas Boulevard between Stewart and Washington.

The City Council is expected to move forward Wednesday with funding the design plans.

According to a city spokesperson,

"The basic improvements include widening the roadway from four lanes to six lanes, new pavement, widening sidewalks, bicycle lanes, traffic signal modifications, intersection improvements, utility relocation, upgraded street lighting, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements, complete street elements as feasible, and any other appurtenances necessary to complete the project."

The stretch of road is less than a mile long, but with Zappos headquarters, the Neon Museum, Cashman Field and the Las Vegas Library, it sure is lively.

"This is a very, very highly foot-trafficked area of our community," said Erin Breen, a traffic expert with UNLV. "Cars come fast off the 95."

People who frequent the area tell us lighting will be a huge help because crossing the street can be dangerous in the dark, especially north of the 95 freeway.

A city spokesperson says construction is expected to start in two years.

He added drawings of the designs should be ready in about six months.